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Hodges to lead merged Aviva UK businesses

Aviva has announced plans to bring its UK life and general insurance businesses together under the leadership of current UK life chief executive Mark Hodges.

Hodges was previously managing director of Aviva’s UK general insurance business and spent seven years as its CFO.

Former chief executive of general insurance Igal Mayer has been appointed North America CEO, following the retirement of Tom Godlasky.

Aviva says the change will bring further benefits of scale and position the company for profitable growth as the UK economy recovers. The underlying strategy of the two businesses remains unchanged.

Group chief executive Andrew Moss says: “Igal and Mark have done a great job in getting the best from our UK businesses and making them fit for the future. The time is now right to bring them closer together to maximise their full potential in our home market.

“I am delighted Mark Hodges will lead Aviva’s UK business in the next stage of its development. Mark brings a rare mix of operational and strategic expertise and an unparalleled knowledge of the UK market.”

Robin Spencer will take up a new role on Aviva’s executive committee of chief risk officer reporting to Moss. Spencer is currently CEO of Aviva’s Canadian business and was previously CFO in Canada.

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